This page is devoted to describing scenes or storylines that were cut from finished episodes of King of the Hill. Some of these were produced and then cut due to lack of time; others were changed after the animatic; others didn't make it past the original scripts. You'll probably see some of these deleted scenes on the DVD sets (if, as hoped, all the seasons come out and they all have the deleted-scenes feature).
"Luanne's Saga" (4E04)
- In the script, there was a scene where Peggy arranges for Boomhauer and Luanne to show up at the restaurant at the same time as Hank. This explains why Hank mentions that it was Peggy's idea to go out to eat, and why Peggy seems to be feigning surprise when Luanne turns up.
"Plastic White Female" (4E11)
- In the scene where Dale and Bill complain about Hank keeping them waiting, Boomhauer originally had a line about Hank leaving them hanging "Like dang ol' brides at the altar, man."
"The Company Man" (4E12)
- The ending of this episode was heavily revised, as a consequence of which it was delayed for several months. In the original ending, Hank discovers that Mr. Holloway is not the real owner of the company -- Mrs. Holloway is, and she feels so comfortable with Hank's family (i.e. with real, as opposed to stereotypical, Texans) that she gives Strickland Propane the account. (This scene is included in the deleted scenes feature of the DVD.)
"Texas City Twister" (5F02)
- The following dialogue exchange was cut due to lack of time; it was for Dale and Boomhauer after Dale runs the Bug-a-Bego off the road to avoid the twister:
DALE: Dale Gribble is not a coward.
BOOMHAUER: Dang ol' puddle pants, man.
DALE: Yes, I wet myself. But I do not concede it was out of fear.
"Def Traffic Jam"
- The comedian in this episode was called "Busta Nut" in the script. The Fox Standards & Practices department objected, claiming "Bust a nut" is slang for masturbation. The name was then changed to "Booty Sack" and finally "Booda Sack."
"To Spank With Love" (3ABE03)
- This episode was extensively rewritten after the table read. In the original script, the school doesn't fire Peggy for spanking; the school board turns out to be so conservative that Peggy is commended for spanking. Then there's a montage of "Paddlin' Peggy" going on a rampage, paddling one unruly kid after another in the schoolyard. And Peggy becomes so obsessed with violence that there's a scene of her watching and enjoying Walker, Texas Ranger.
"The Perils of Polling" (5ABE02)
- The originally-announced story had Peggy deciding to vote for Al Gore (she likes his registration booth better) and Hank and Peggy each trying to get Luanne to vote for their favored candidate.
"Luanne Virgin 2.0" (5ABE16)
- In the shooting script, the scene with the male emergin' virgins starts off with this dialogue:
LARRY: We're going to kick things off today by testifying to the number of sexual partners each of us has had. Women, men, doesn't matter. I'll go first -- twenty-three. And seven.
(This was changed to the safer -- but really, much funnier -- "Four. So close to five.")
"Father of the Bribe" (6ABE06)
- In the original version of this episode, Bobby distracts Connie at her violin recital and causes her to play badly, thus convincing Kahn once and for all that Bobby is a bad influence on her.
"Are You There, God? It's Me, Margaret Hill" (6ABE07)
- The original ending was that Peggy turns to Bill, a lapsed Catholic, for a crash course in Catholicism. Peggy learns enough about Catholicism to be able to teach her class and quit the school without anyone realizing that she was an impostor.
"A Man Without a Country Club" (6ABE11)
- Originally, Kahn didn't get accepted by Nine Rivers, even after Hank got in. Instead Kahn joined the neighborhood "club" with Hank's friends, and the focus of the remainder of the episode was on Hank finding out how uncomfortable it is to be a token minority.
"Torch Song Hillogy" (6ABE12)
- There was a B story recorded and produced for this episode but cut for lack of time: Luanne, wanting to give something back to the community, becomes a volunteer police officer for the Olympic-Torch festivities.
"Fun With Jane and Jane" (6ABE15)
- Act 2 of this episode originally went something like this: Dale tells Hank that the Omega House is a cult; Hank initially doesn't believe it (since it's Dale saying it), but starts to worry when he hears that the Omega House is going to take Luanne to a "commune." Peggy decides to stay over at the Omega House for a night to make sure Luanne is okay, and Peggy gets brainwashed by the cult. The rest of the episode follows as in the final version.
- There was a line in the promos that was cut from the finished episode: "Is this a panty raid? I guess I'll have to go put some on."
"My Own Private Rodeo" (6ABE16)
- The first version of this episode revolved around Dale needing to go to the dentist. It turns out that his fear of dentists has something to do with the fact that his father, Bug, abandoned him. Dale has nothing but contempt for his father because Bug claimed that he left home on government business; he hates his father for being a government agent. But when Hank tracks Bug down at the rodeo, he finds out that he actually made up the "government agent" story to hide the fact that he was gay.
"Dang Ol' Love" (6ABE17)
- Mary Louise Parker was originally announced as one of the guest stars for this episode.
"Bad Girls, Bad Girls, Whatcha Gonna Do" (6ABE19)
- Another heavily-revised episode. In the original version, Bobby and Connie discover Tid Pao's meth lab sometime in act 2, and dismantle it. But Peggy, thinking that the kids are too shy to enter their "candy" project, reassembles the lab and enters it in the science fair for them.
"The Fat and the Furious" (7ABE03)
- The opening scene originally was supposed to take place in a movie theater, where Bill tags along with the Hills and the Gribbles on couples night, and astonishes everyone by eating a huge number of hot dogs in a short amount of time. The scene was changed to the more plausible setting of a backyard barbecue.
"An Officer and a Gentle Boy" (7ABE06)
- The first draft of this episode seems to have focused more on Cotton as the interim principal, and the climax was to have been a total breakdown in standards after he quits (thus semi-vindicating his hardass ways).
"Boxing Luanne" (7ABE07)
- Luanne originally won her first "match" against a housewife hired by Buck to pose as a boxer.
"Board Games" (7ABE08)
- The B story of this episode was that Bobby, Connie and Joseph take sides with their respective mothers and against each other. It was cut for lack of time.
"The Good Buck" (7ABE13)
- The opening of this episode was originally longer. After announcing that he's gambled away Strickland North, Mr. Strickland asks Donna to accompany him into the back room for some "accounting," and tells Hank to keep an eye out in case his wife shows up. The scene where Buck reveals that his wife left him then takes place a few days later. These scenes were combined into one by redubbing some dialogue.
- Luanne's "fellowship hugs" were originally "Jesus hugs" (a familiar term from some Bible-study groups).
"Night and Deity" (7ABE16)
- The summary on fox.com, taken from an earlier draft, suggests that Sheila was originally supposed to bear an obvious physical resemblance to Nancy. Also, Hank and Luanne originally took a cab home from the bar instead of getting a ride with Cheesy Guy.
"Maid In Arlen" (7ABE18)
- Kahn originally convinced Bill to break up with Laoma by pointing out that Bill wants children, and Laoma is too old to have children.
"The Witches of East Arlen" (7ABE20)
- It was originally Dale, not John Redcorn, who went with Hank to find Bobby at the end.